New coronavirus infections near 360,000

SunStar Davao File

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, October 19, 2020, confirmed 2,638 additional cases of coronavirus infection, bringing the cumulative cases in the Philippines to nearly 360,000.

In its case bulletin issued at 4 p.m. Monday, DOH reported the total case count in the country at 359,169, including 42,191 active cases, 310,303 recoveries and 6,675 deaths.

Of the 2,638 cases reported on Monday, 1,932 (or 73 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days from October 6 to 19.

Among the provinces and cities, Quezon City in the National Capital Region (NCR) posted the highest number of new cases at 141 followed by Cavite with 140, Laguna with 128, Batangas with 120 and Rizal with 108.

In the last two weeks, the regions with the highest number of new cases were NCR with 555, followed by Calabarzon with 463 and Western Visayas with 187.

There were 226 additional recoveries, bringing the total to 310,303, while 26 more mortalities were reported, raising the death toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to 6,675.

Of the 26 deaths, 15 occurred in October, two in September, five in August and four in July.

The deaths were from NCR (6), Soccsksargen (4), Zamboanga Peninsula (3), Western Visayas (2), Eastern Visayas (2), Calabarzon (2), Ilocos (1), Central Luzon (1), Northern Mindanao (1), Davao (1), Bangsamoro (1) and Cordillera (1).

The region from which one fatality came was not specified.

There were 87 duplicates that were removed from the total case count while five cases previously tagged as recovered were reclassified as deaths.

Some 16 laboratories were not able to submit their data to the Covid-19 Data Repository System on October 18, 2020. (Marites Villamor-Ilano/SunStar Philippines)


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